At 30, the broadcast journalism prodigy leaves the White House beat for a bigger challenge: boosting the lagging ratings for CNN’s morning show.
As behind the scenes drama plays out, CNN anchors will have to put on a happy face Tuesday when the curtain goes up on a new morning show. CNN This Morning is the first major initiative under CNN Chairman Chris Licht, who took the reins in April after a successful run at CBS, where he turned around the network’s morning news program and Stephen Colbert’s late night show. Above, CNN This Morning‘s co-anchors (l-r): Poppy Harlow, Don Lemon and Kaitlan Collins — all familiar faces to the network’s viewers.
They will replace the current team of John Berman and Brianna Keilar on New Day, which airs on the news network from 6 to 9 a.m. ET. It’s the first major programming move announced by new CNN Chairman Chris Licht, who has an extensive background in morning television.
President Joe Biden finished up his post-Vladimir Putin summit press conference with a flash of visible irritation at a question posed by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. Later, before he boarded Air Force One for his flight back to Washington, he spoke to reporters and said, “I owe my last questioner an apology. I shouldn’t have been such a wiseguy for the answer I gave.”
ABC’s Cecilia Vega, CBS’s Nancy Cordes, NBC’s Kristen Welker, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor open up about holding the current administration to account while lifting each other up: “We’ve got each other’s backs.”
Yamiche Alcindor, Kaitlan Collins and Weijia Jiang symbolize the test of covering a White House like none other, with a president who views the press as an enemy yet is accessible almost daily. A question may elicit a candid response, misdirection, falsehood or attack — you never know what’s coming.
President Donald Trump abruptly ended his White House news conference Monday following combative exchanges with reporters Weijia Jiang of CBS News and Kaitlan Collins of CNN.